It only lasted one series on TV , but the show called The Big Spell back in 2017 has started a whole new interest in spelling as a skill.
Based on the Spelling Bee contests so popular in the USA, The Big Spell saw teams of young people compete through to the final, proving they really were the best at spelling!
For many of us, the use of computers and spell check has sent our spelling skills to the bottom of the class
What is a spelling bee? The National Spelling bee is famous in America and draws large crowds both in person and in arenas who gather to watch the competition.
A spelling bee is a competition in which contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words, usually with a varying degree of difficulty. The concept is thought to have originated in the United States and spelling bee events, along with variants, are now also held in some other countries around the world.
The use of the word bee has nothing to do with the insect – it is usually used when a group of people gather together to complete the same activity.
Q: So even if you don’t want to compete in a National Competition, does learning to spell better, help you?
A: Yes, yes, yes!
There will be lots of times when you can’t use spell check and it gives you confidence to know the word. It’s also fun to learn where the words come from.
Here’s a an example of a easy way to remember spelling:
Use mnemonics: Remembering information can be difficult. But when you give that information more meaning, it becomes easier to memorize. Mnemonic devices turn information into a picture, a sentence, a rhyme or anything else that’s easier to remember. Rhymes such as, ‘i before e are examples of this’.
THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY IS THE MOST TRUSTED ENGLISH LANGUAGE DICTIONARY TO THIS DAY
Here are some commonly used words that lots of people spell incorrectly. See how many you can get right:
across, basically, beginning, believe, foreign, friend, forty, interrupt, until, weird.
LONGEST WORD IN THE DICTIONARY? PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOP ICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS – A LUNG DISEASE – 45 LETTERS.
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